A VOLUNTEER has helped medics improve the lives of people with leprosy in a small community in India.
Lizzie Batchelor, from Cattal near Wetherby, travelled to the Anandwan settlement to assist in operations on patients left deformed from the disease.
Lizzie, a former pupil at Queens Margaret’s school, took a week off work to help. She said: “My parents have been supporting ‘Hands for Life’, a very small charity of voluntary surgeons, nurses and helpers based in Cheshire for six years now. The trip was a very new experience for me as I have never been to India before or done any kind of medical work in the past.”
“We worked for a week wearing hospital theatre blues for about 10 hours a day, assisting the scrub nurse, surgeons and patients as best we were able with a whole range of tasks, we had to learn on our feet. As you may imagine it was an extremely rewarding experience, seeing patients receive the most needed care and sometimes life-changing treatment, that without the team would have been unthinkable for them.”
The charity carries out free medical work once a year at a hospital in central India. Miss Batchelor added that she is hoping to go back this year to do the same work with her family. To find out more about Hands for Life and their work, write to 33 Alton Road,Wilmslow, Cheshire.